Century, as a proud member of the West LA Veterans Collective, joined Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Ted Lieu (both D-California) in applauding President Joe Biden for signing the West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act into law Wednesday. Both the Senator and the Congressman are long-time supporters of the West LA VA Campus and champions of this new legislation.
“This legislation has been years in the making,” Century Senior VP Brian D’Andrea said. “Thanks to the leadership and perseverance of our legislative champions, this bill will accelerate and enable the creation of thousands of units of permanent, supportive housing for our community’s Veterans at the West LA VA. We are incredibly grateful for all of the hard work and dedication that brought this legislation to life.”
The West LA Veterans Collective is a Veteran-led, mission-driven collaborative team that also includes U.S.VETS, long-time partner of Century’s, and Thomas Safran & Associates. More information about the West LA Veterans Collective is available here: www.wlavc.org
“I want to thank Senator Feinstein and Representative Lieu for their commitment to Los Angeles veterans and determination to get this legislation enacted into law so quickly,” U.S.VETS CEO Steve Peck said in a recent press release. “The bill…will help put a roof over the heads of Veterans in need and promote their housing stability, long term health and recovery.”
The law authorizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use funds collected from leases and other use-agreements on the West LA VA campus for the development of supportive housing and services on campus. Further, it increases the time period for enhanced use leases on the campus from 75 to 99 years. Increasing the length of leases will help streamline the construction of more than 1,200 units of supportive housing on campus while reducing long-term costs.
“This is an incredible win for Century, the West LA Veterans Collective, and our community’s Veterans,” Century CEO Ron Griffith said. “With approximately 1,450 permanent supportive housing units planned, this legislation brings us one step closer to our vision of creating a vibrant, cohesive, and supportive housing community for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.”
More information about West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act is available here: Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein